US Open 2018, Day 11: Match Points

US Open 2018, Day 11: Match Points

US Open 2018, Day 11: Match Points

Serena Williams marched into the semifinals of the US Open for the ninth consecutive time with an assured 6-4 6-3 win over eighth seed Karolina Pliskova Tuesday.

Karolina Pliskova, projected to move as high as No.7 (depending on Osaka's result), gained a 4-2 lead but struggled to raise her level when Serena went from bad to deadly towards the end of the first set and lost 8 straight games from that moment.

Williams closed out the match in style, winning a service game at love with two aces, an overhead smash and another ace.

'I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time previous year so I have nothing to prove. If I could have just had one more match before I played a Top-10 player, I think I would have done better.

Serena, 36, who is biding for her seventh US Open title and her 24th Grand Slam crown overall, started sluggishly and allowed Plsikova to take a 3-1 lead at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Stephens lacked the swagger she showed through the opening four rounds and wilted in the sun-baked daytime conditions against Sevastova, who became the first Latvian woman to reach the US Open semi-finals.

She's the only player remaining in the draw to have won a major title and remarkably she has now won 14 of her 15 Grand Slam matches since returning from giving birth to her first child.

Her last-16 match against Kanepi is the only time any of Williams' matches thus far have gone beyond two sets.

"I feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time a year ago, so I have nothing to prove".

The 20-year-old Osaka made a statement of intent by trouncing Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-1 in the quarter-finals, and will be out for revenge against Keys, who beat the Japanese at Flushing Meadows in 2016. But as Williams started to find her groove she held and then broke serve to tie it 4-4.

Despite the sweltering conditions, six-time victor Williams has barely broken a sweat in NY as she cruised through her quarter of the draw and the American will be a heavy favorite to topple the 19th-seeded Sevastova. She put a backhand into the net to get broken to 2-1 at the outset.

American tennis participant Serena Williams superior to the semifinals of the U.S. Open, reviews "Soviet sport". She came back from a break down in the first set to complete her 94th win to 11 defeats, the most wins among active players and second-most in the Open Era behind Chris Evert (101-12) and ahead of Martina Navratilova (89-17).

Sevastova and Williams will play their semi-final on Thursday.

"I think it was very physical today", Sevastova said in her on-court interview.

"Against Serena or Karolina, it's going to be a tough match - they play aggressive, they serve big", Sevastova said. "I kind of go out there and I just do the best that I can". She went 15 of 21 in her fourth round at net. A strong response from Williams as Pliskova continued to fight back made it 5-2 before putting the final touches on the win.

"So now I feel like I'm at a level where I can play and try to compete against these incredible women in the Top 10".

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